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"And if you have any idea what a guy looks like after two tons of metal land on him from eighty feet up... you keep your ideas to yourself."

Cartoon characters can survive a lot of things. And if a character ever suffers from the dreaded Anvil on Head, one of several things can happen. They can become an Accordion Man, or this trope can occur.

Often, characters will be Squashed Flat by some heavy object landing on their head, or by going really fast into an immovable object such as a wall, or a big and heavy character will squash a smaller character and leave them stuck to their bodies like Butt Stickers. (Literally so, in the case Ass Kicks You where the victim is sat on). The resulting injury has the character flattened down to a paper-thin state. While in this state, the character becomes incredibly light and can be lifted, manipulated, rolled up, or folded by another character.

Unlike in Real Life, these injuries are hardly ever fatal, and like most Amusing Injuries, are healed in just five seconds. Often, all it takes is another character flapping the flattened character around like a beach towel or inflating the character like a balloon to get him or her to return to his/her normal state.


Although this trope is mostly an Animation Trope, it sometimes creeps into live action shows with a more 'cartoonish' feel. If portrayed realistically, it can lead to Cruel and Unusual Death.

Can be the result of a Crush Parade when this trope is exaggerated.

Overlaps with Paper People, which is either a natural state of the characters or the state that results from being Squashed Flat. Not to be confused with Flat Character. Compare with Hammered into the Ground, Butt Sticker, and Sleep Squashing.

However, as this can be a Death Trope, beware of spoilers.



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  • In this Indian ad for Chlormint, a pretty young woman gets her wish to be on a poster after an elevator accident.
  • In this Italian advert, an attractive woman discusses the DVD "Winter Collection" with another presenter. During this conversation, the woman is holding the collection's voucher. Suddenly, a dinosaur from one of the films belonging to the collection infiltrates their mansion and crushes the woman with its hand. Afterwards, the other presenter examines the woman's flattened, paper-thin body but he decides to pinch the voucher instead of helping her.
  • "Justin Timberlake" and "Peyton Manning" are made two dimensional when they remove their 3D glass in a Sony workshop.
  • One ad for Wilkins Coffee has Wontkins, who hates the advertised product, vowing to drink a coffee that's not Wilkins. Suddenly, Wilkins the frog, who loves the advertised product, runs Wontkins over with a steamroller, flattening him out like paper-thin.
    Wilkins: Doesn't that coffee taste kind of flat?

    Anime & Manga 
  • From Cyborg 009, 007 gets crushed flat by a falling object (with lampshading and 007 saying "You said it"), but due to having Shapeshifting powers, he's practically unharmed.
  • From Dragon Ball, in the episode entitled "Sgt Metalic" aka "Major Metallitron", Goku gets stomped flat by the title android and floats off like a piece of paper before "popping" back to normal.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!:
    • In episode 2, this happens to Kirby after getting jumped on several times by the Rock Monster Blocky. This example is slightly more realistic than most, as Kirby's flattened form is far wider than his normal state.
    • Kirby and Dedede are both flattened by a road roller during a weight-loss program in episode 61.
    • In one episode, Escargon gets flattened as he is sent flying and hits a wall.
    • In episode 94, Kirby is briefly flattened by one of the spiked balls thrown by the Brainwashed and Crazy Phan Phan.
  • Sometimes occurs in Hoshi no Kirby! Mo-retsu Pupupu Hour!. One instance occurs in Taranza And The Donut, where Taranza attempts to obtain a donut after Kirby steals the donut Taranza was just about to eat, only for his plans to backfire. The first attempt that backfires is when Taranza gets into a machine in hopes that he will flatten Kirby. Unfortunately, the machine has a slight which Taranza goes in front of the hand of the machine and bangs on it. When the machine finally goes, the machine's hand flattens Taranza, cracking the interface of the manga in the process. This causes Taranza to be in a paper-thin state. He only returns to normal after Kirby inflates him like a balloon, causing Amusing Injuries for Taranza.
  • Naruto gets flattened by a giant ball in the annual sports festival episode of Naruto.
  • Pokémon
    • The episode Gluttonous Kabigon! Huge Panic! (or Snack Attack! in the English dub), in which Snorlax would roll over and lay on some of the Pokemon trying to attack him. The sight of a flattened Victreebel trying to walk around while flat, and shrieking at the top of its lungs, is hysterical.
    • Happens to Pikachu in the Advanced Battle episode "Solid As A Solrock!" During a Gym Battle set in a planetarium, Pikachu charges Solrock with his Quick Attack, but Solrock moves out of the way, and Pikachu slams right into a model planet. Moments later, Pikachu's flattened form peels out of the crater and drifts to the ground.
    • Pikachu suffers this again in the Black and White episode "New Places, Familar Faces"; After James' Amoongus body slams him, he is left flattened in a small crater, and stunned long enough for Team Rocket to capture him.
  • This happens in Koi Koi 7, where four girls are trampled flat in the anime.
  • Occasionally happens on Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, such as in Episode 3 after Panty and Stocking are pressed together into a ball, and in Episode 4 when fat Stocking rolls over a bunch of cars.
  • In Osamu Tezukas "Cleopatra (1970)", the slave Ionius is flattened by a warrior with a giant fly swatter during a gladiator fight.
  • Ransack and Crumplezone suffer this fate in the Transformers Cybertron episodes "Race" and "Ambush" (after being dropped on by Dirt Boss in the former, and run over by Metroplex in the latter).
  • In Unico in the Island of Magic when Melvin the cat tries to catch Unico while in the middle of the marching people turned into wooden featureless puppets, he gets stepped on twice leaving him flat.

    Asian Animation 
  • In episode 37 of Happy Heroes, a news report depicts Happy S. being squashed flat by a group of robots he has freed running right onto him.
  • In episode 55 of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Jonie sits down and squashes Wolffy flat. She and the others then worry that Wolffy is dead; it later turns out he was just faking it.
  • Simple Samosa: In "Spa Wars", as Iddiyappam Appa is chasing Samosa, he is squashed flat by Samosa using his remote to control one of the pieces of spa equipment. Appa is paper-thin for a few seconds after this, and then he inflates himself back to normal.

    Comic Books 
  • There was a Donald Duck comic where Donald became a performance artist and one of his acts was getting squashed into a flat disc shape and being played on a gigantic gramophone.
  • Léonard le Génie: When Basile operates a hydraulic press or similar tool, you can be 100% certain this will be the result.
  • Happened to The Atom in a Silver Age story.
  • The Vault of Horror story "Graft in Concrete!" plays this lethally (though bloodlessly) straight.
  • Plastic Man suffers this in JLA #65 (June 2002), when his son (who has inherited his powers) becomes a bouncing Triceratops and lands on him.
    Plastic Man: Kids. Give 'em half a chance, and they'll walk all over you...

    Comic Strips 
  • One robber / rapist crushed by a millstone in a story by Wilhelm Busch. Other than typical for this trope, he doesn't exactly revert.
  • There's a Don Martin MAD cartoon where two guys discover a friend lying in the road, completely flat and stretched out. Naturally they conclude that he has been run over by a steamroller, and proceed to fold him up so they can take him to a hospital. Unfortunately due to a tragic misunderstanding involving a nearsighted strongman, he gets torn in half.
  • This is an occasional outcome in Spy vs. Spy. Methods differ, including classics like the Anvil on Head, but a scenario involving quick-setting concrete and a steamroller has turned up before.
  • The Club Nintendo Halloween special had a brief scene where Mario slams a door on Kirby, flattening him. Link remarks "Oh man, this happens at least once in every comic," and then retrieves the bicycle pump. View the scene here.
  • The Narrowegians in the Rufus Crustbuster comic strip of Jack and Jill magazine were living pancake creatures who turned the title character into one with a machine.
  • In an early strip of U.S. Acres, Orson's brothers do this to him when they "play squash".
  • Garfield
    • Happens to Garfield in one Sunday comic after he picked a fight with a larger cat. Jim Davis said he drew a rough sketch of Odie carrying home a flattened Garfield and thought it was so funny, he had to find a way to use it in an actual comic.
    • Nermal ends up flattened in on strip after Garfield accidentally sits on him.

    Films — Animation 
  • One of the junkyard robots becomes Crushed Flat in the Astro Boy 2009 movie.
  • Darla in Cats Don't Dance, who gets pressed into a table shape during the finale.
  • In Flushed Away, in one of the times that Rita's house tilts, multiple rats all land on one another as they hit the wall, and all peel off afterwards.
  • One of the characters in Happily Never After.
  • In Home, Pig gets flattened against a car window.
  • Dracula during the credits sequence of Hotel Transylvania.
  • Ice Age:
    • In the first movie, Scrat gets stepped on by several large animals but doesn't exactly get flattened, per se.
    • Squint the pirate jackrabbit receives this in the fourth movie, upon being stepped on by Ellie the mammoth.
  • In Norm of the North, one of the lemmings gets flattened in one part. In another part, two lemmings get flattened into the sides of a third one, who is squished as well.
  • During the closing credits of the 2011 Winnie the Pooh film, the characters frolic around on the actual credits. At one point, Rabbit fails to jump off of a block of credits before it scrolls off the screen, and is comically flattened between the top line of credits and the top of the screen.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Happens to a lot of toons in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but especially Judge Doom, who is revealed to actually be a toon in the process. Eddie himself falls victim when riding in Droopy's express elevator.
  • A notable live-action version to go alongside the above is The Mask, after the masked Jim Carrey character jumps out the window of his apartment and lands on the street below.
  • Another cartoon-like example occurs in Space Jam, when Wayne Knight is crushed by all the Monstars.
  • In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the Thing crushes Rubber Man Reed Richards into a wall.
  • In Jurassic World, several soldiers guarding the park are crushed to death by the colossal steps of the I.rex.
  • In Leprechaun 4: In Space, a pan is thrown at a character's head with such force that it is flattened against the wall from the impact.
  • In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, this is the fate of Carter under the crushing foot of the T.rex.
  • Vincent Ludwig's death in The Naked Gun: he falls off the stadium after being shot with a dart gun whereupon he's run over by a bus and a steam roller, and then trampled by a marching band.
    "My father went the same way!"
  • Tiny Antony from Mafia! is accidentally crushed between a door, leaving him flat. It's done in a cartoonish manner, so he's fine.
  • Happens twice in Voyage of the Rock Aliens. Once to one of the aliens when he explodes into pieces and the other aliens put him back together and to two unlucky deliverymen who get run over by a steamroller.
  • Happens to the title character's head in Drop Dead Fred after getting caught in a refrigerator.
  • Slippery Jim. which of course looked realistic for its time it was made.
  • Happens to Chip Diller trying to stop a panicking throng in Animal House.
  • In A Fish Called Wanda, Ken, in an attempt to kill an old lady, keeps accidentally killing her Yorkies instead. One of them suffers this fate thanks to Ken's van.
    • Ken also runs over Otto with a steamroller, but Otto doesn't get flattened, he just gets smushed into wet concrete and survives.
  • A rather narmy short film from a Playboy video (don't worry, this one's safe for work, sorta) focuses on this. Of course, since this is Playboy, this is done to a female sunbather. It has to be seen to be believed.
  • In the CGI/live-action Rocky and Bullwinkle movie, Rocky and Bullwinkle end up like this when being run over.
    Bullwinkle: This movie's gettin' kind of-
    Rocky: Don't say it.
    Bullwinkle: Two-dimensional.
  • The "Toe Crusher" attack in Kung Fu Hustle.
  • Sleeper: The Leader of the futuristic dictatorship — or what's left of him, his nose — ends up flattened under a steamroller.
  • Beetlejuice: An employee in the afterlife bureaucracy died as human roadkill — he's even got tire treads across his chest. He asks newcomers Adam and Barbara how he looks; they diplomatically say "Fine!" He replies "Thanks, I've been feeling a little flat!" and laughs at his own joke.
  • Austin Powers, driving a slow-moving steamroller, runs over one of Dr. Evil's henchman, who stands motionless in front of it, screaming in terror, for an absurd amount of time. A deleted scene on home video cuts to his wife at home, rolling a pie crust flat before receiving the news.
  • In Pixels, this happens to Q*Bert when he's ran over by one of Donkey Kong's barrels. He manages to get back on his feet, though.
  • In the horror film Monster Man, the protagonists avert Once Is Not Enough when dispatching the title villain by running over him with his own truck all night, until they've literally ground him into a greasy great smear of gore on the road. Nightmarishly, he's still alive and conscious even at the end of all this. Also, the villain's backstory involves him accidentally killing his brother this way.
  • In Tammy and the T-Rex, one if the villains henchmen is stomped on by the T-Rex, later he his discovered flattened by the villain where they attempt to roll him up, only to latter drag his flattened body away.
  • The Terminator: The titular Killer Robot, or whatever remained of it, is turned into scrap iron after Sarah Connor lures it into a hydraulic press.
  • In "UHF" the main character played by "Weird Al" imagines himself as Indiana Jones in the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Arc. After he gets the idol (in this case Oscar) he is chased by the boulder which follows him around the world. He gets exhausted and collapses on the street and the boulder rolls over him.
  • Saw V: This is how Special Agent Peter Strahm dies. He ignores Detective Mark Hoffman's warning to enter a glass coffin in the middle of a room, and when Hoffman ambushes him, he locks Hoffman in the coffin instead. Bad move. And his death is shown in an excruciatingly painful detail.
  • In Goldfinger, this was what happened to Mr. Solo's body: after Oddjob shoots and kills him in the car, said car is then taken to a junkyard and subsequently crushed. Yikes. This scene is hilariously spoofed in Top Secret! where Omar Sharif's character had it happen to him (and he survives.)
  • In Desktop Desperadoes, Mr. Collington uses the printer to flatten his receptionist and convince the detective his graphic companion Pointer really exists. Seconds later, he uses the "undo symbol" to reshape her as if nothing happened.
  • In Ernest Goes to School Ernest is trampled flat by the football team during the opening credits.

  • Flat Stanley, who is crushed by a falling bulletin board and carries on as a Paper Person.
  • In one of the Geronimo Stilton books, a door is slammed on Geronimo, and he describes himself as peeling off the door, flat.
  • In the Stephen King novella "The Library Policemen", the main character attempts to invoke this in a commissioned poster for roadside safety, intended to be displayed in a library (and thus, theoretically intended for children). However, his client rejects the cartoony "kid + steamroller = cardboard standee of kid" design in favor of a more realistic "kid + steamroller = horrible red jam smeared down the road" design.
  • In James and the Giant Peach Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge are both squashed like paper dolls when the peach rolls over them. It's impossible to feel bad for them, though.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On Whose Line Is It Anyway?, one session of Party Quirks involves Wayne Brady as "assorted celebrities being run over by a steamroller", sans cartoon effects of course. At one point he impersonates Gary Coleman, and gets squashed flat much quicker.
  • In the 1960s Batman (1966) TV series, a villain uses a weapon that turns Batman, Robin, and Batgirl into...well, Flatman, Ribbon, and Flatgirl.
    • Averted in the crossover two-parter with the Green Hornet. Col. Gumm appeared to have turned the Green Hornet and Kato into life-size postage stamps. Batman knew it didn't really happen because Hornet was holding his Hornet Sting when he went into the machine, but his stamp form didn't have it when it came out.
  • Between the Lions does this in the animated segment "Fun With Chicken Jane".
  • The Muppet Show
    • Happened to, you guessed it, Beaker. Bunsen's invention of the week was a luggage compressor. (Ironically, it wasn't Bunson's fault this time; the show was under a Gypsy Curse.)
    • Also happens to Beautiful Day Monster, in a sketch where Paul Williams is a travel agent. After BDM asks for progressively cheaper travel accommodations, Williams drops a giant weight on him to mail his squished form.
  • This happens to Finster in an episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, after a bunch of monsters stampede over him.
  • In the "Lil' Bat" segment of The Aquabats! Super Show! episode "Eagleclaw!", a ghost squishes Lil' Bat into a pancake shape when hitting him with a mallet.
  • The Two Ronnies. In a spoof of The Professionals, a gun-waving Doyle kicks open a door, searches an apartment and is surprised to find no-one there. As he closes the door behind him, a flattened villain (represented by a squashed rubber dummy) falls out from behind it.
  • The Steve Martin special Comedy is Not Pretty used this trope in the form of a public service message. Viewers were urged not to let party guests who have had too much to drink get behind the wheel of a steamroller. A kid runs out into the street after a ball with predictable results.
  • Zydos suffers this in episode 40 of Gosei Sentai Dairanger. After the Heavy Armored Chi Palace drops down on him, his paper-thin body slides out from under it, screeching in agony as he vanishes.
  • Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Shurikenjin becomes this in episode 36, when the Advanced Youkai Oboroguruma rolls right over it.
  • Good Eats: in the episode "Great Balls of Meat", a giant meatball chases a guy down an alley, running over him. Later in the same episode, the meatball comes back and runs over the host Alton Brown.
  • Murphy Brown had a dream sequence where the title character was fat and trampled one of her coworkers leaving him flattened on the floor.
  • Punky Brewster had an episode where Punky competed in a pageant. One of the girls competing flattened the pageant's host in a magic trick.
  • Freaky episode "Cleaner", a kid scuffs the floor the janitor has just cleaned. The janitor then traps the kid in school at night and sends his killer floor buffs after him. It ends with the kid buffed to the gym floor while his friends play basketball on top of him.
  • Roundhouse: In a couple of episodes, they do a skit where a guy tries to fight the monster truck Bigfoot and he always gets run over leaving a cutout of him on the floor. They later interview him flattened with the guys face in the cutout.
  • In El Chavo del ocho, at the end of an episode Mr. Barriga gets angry because Don Ramón accidentally pinches him in the arm, so he punches him in the face, knocking him out and then for good measure, jumps on top of him, squashing him flat.

    Music Video 
  • Happens to Hall & Oates in the video for "Out Of Touch" after the two are run over by a giant drum rolling on its side.
  • Happens to the girl in The Cars' video for "You Might Think" after singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek literally runs her over with a car during the line "You might think I'm delirious, the way I run you down".

  • In The Goon Show, Seagoon gets run over by a steamroller:
    Seagoon: The weight of the steamroller had made a lasting impression on me. I was now 2 inches thick and 24 feet wide. This was very awkward. People kept opening and shutting me.


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    Video Games 
  • In Aladdin: Nasira's Revenge, Aladdin gets flattened when heavy things fall on him.
  • In American McGee's Alice, the White Rabbit is stomped to death by the Mad Hatter while helping a shrunken Alice safely get to the Caterpillar.
  • Happens in Battletoads if something heavy such as a boss lands on a toad.
  • Happens to Bayonetta if she is squashed by a Golem's ball form, or by the ice balls from the final boss. However, this only applies to the first game. There is nothing round that can land on her in the second game, due to its more serious nature.
  • Given that the player commonly rolls eggs around, enemies in Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg will always suffer this fate.
  • Happens in one death scene in Brain Dead 13 when the giant Living Statue squashes Lance with its big hand and spreads his... paint mess... on its body. This will also happen if Lance doesn't dodge Moose's shoulder charge.
  • Happens to Bug if he gets crushed by Smashing Hallway Traps of Doom, gets hit by a boulder, or if he falls off the terrain. If it was non-lethal, he stretches himself using a hand.
  • Cel Damage, a game that runs entirely on cartoon physics, has this happens to anyone who gets hit with B.T. Bruno's sledgehammer, gets crushed by the 100-ton weight, or gets sucked through the vacuum.
  • Happens to the enemies (Or your party) in Chrono Cross when the summon Golem is cast.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day puts a violent twist on this. If Conker is squished, he bleeds in addition to being flattened in cartoon fashion.
  • Crash Bandicoot series:
    • In the first game, Crash gets flattened if he gets hit by a stone wheel in "Jungle Rollers" and "Rolling Stones", by a boulder in "Boulders" and "Boulder Dash", or the barrels in "Toxic Waste", then he pulls himself up for a few seconds before falling back down.
    • In the second and third games, he can get crushed by the falling stone mechanisms in the ice levels of the former and the stone blocks dropped by some of the Mooks in the Egyptian levels of the latter. If he doesn't have an Aku Aku on him, he'll walk around crushed into just his head and feet, but if he does he'll spring back into shape. He can also get crushed by the triceratops in the prehistoric levels, and in the Egyptian levels can get crushed by the mummies while they're in their sarcophagus and flattened vertically by the moving walls.
    • In Crash Team Racing, Crash Nitro Kart, and Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, a driver can be flattened by being run over by another driver using a Boost or Super Engine powerup or by track hazards like the toxic waste barrels on Sewer Speedway and the hammer-swinging statues on Thunder Struck.
    • In Crash Tag Team Racing, one of the Die-O-Ramas has Crash spinning into one of the two chicken news reporters who document the events of the game, who then punches him flat and kicks him offscreen.
  • Happens to the assassin "Near-sighted" Jeego in Ghost Trick after Sissel drops a wrecking ball on him, his flattened form still visible on the ball as it rolls away. May also have happened to the other assassin, "One-step-ahead" Tengo, who gets a crate dropped on him, but here the aftermath is not shown.
  • Go Go Hypergrind, another game that runs entirely on cartoon physics, has this happen to anyone who suffers a "Flatten" injury.
  • In the Grow games:
    • One of the things used to wake the sleeping Onky in Grow Cannon is a giant foot that crush him flat. It doesn't have much effect.
    • In Grow Maze there is a wall with runes written on it. A kid will try to use magic on it and when nothing seems to happen the rune covered part of the wall will fall on him and he will go back to his cell all flattened.
  • Kao gets flattened if he falls from a high enough spot in the Dreamcast version of Kao the Kangaroo.
  • In Kids on Site, you run over a scatterbrained construction work who dances in from of the steamroller you are driving.
  • The usual result of using the Gravity line of spells on an enemy in the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • Happens to small enemies who get hit with the hammer in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
  • Leisure Suit Larry 2: Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places): Happens to Larry after Mama jumps on him. This results in a game over.
  • In Rockman DASH: Adventure to Save the Planet, the player can be flattened between the moving walls in the Digout minigame.
  • In Mishap: An Accidental Haunting this happened to part of Vinny's body when a car fell on him, with fatal results. In both this and the sequel, Mishap 2: An Intentional Haunting, his ghost form is depicted with a paper-thin torso sporting tire tracks.
  • One of Ferra/Torr's Brutalities in Mortal Kombat X has Torr roll over the opponent, humorously flattening them this way.
  • In Pac Man Party, there is a minigame that involves avoiding giant wooden blocks. If you get squished, this trope occurs and the character floats off.
    • There is also a chicken minigame, where getting run over by a chicken will result in this.
  • When Jigglypuff is defeated in the 3D Pokémon games, it deflates and flattens out.
    • Introduced in the 5th generation, the Bug-type move Steamroller flattens the opponent Pokémon's sprite while a big roller squashes it flat.
    • In Pokémon X and Y, many attacks, such as Body Slam or Smack Down, will do this to the opposing Pokémon.
  • Players in Power Stone can get squished if hit with a mallet, or crushed by certain other objects.
  • Rayman series:
    • In Rayman 2, Rayman will get squashed into a pancake shape if he falls from a large height or gets stomped by the robot gorilla enemy.
    • In Rayman M/Arena, characters can be squashed into pancake shapes from various obstacles, or from, again, falling from a large height.
    • In Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, Rayman can actually crawl around when he is flat, unlike in Rayman 2.
    • In Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends, Rayman will squish when he is slammed into a wall, or slam-jumped on by co-op players. Also, Globox can use his body fat to compress himself when he wants to duck or crawl.
  • The Sega All-Stars Racing games do this in a wide variety of ways: By Billy Hatcher's special move and Amy's special move, rolling objects or steamrollers (in the sequel), landing on another racer, etc. It is always accompanied by a cartoonish *SPLORT* sound.
  • Some of the deaths in the Sierra games have you end up squashed flat.
  • Can happen in Sim Farm if the animals encounter cars. The animals are fine, they just look like pancakes (or bloated, as the game is played from a bird's eye view.)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog series:
    • Some characters in Sonic the Fighters have attacks that will flatten the opponent's head. And it's hilarious. You can even get smushed down to a small size (and on the XBLA/PSN versions, you get an achievement/trophy for doing so).
    • In Sonic Riders, players can get flattened. They will lose their board as they do so, however (but it reappears when they become 3D again).
  • This is one of the standard Amusing Injuries for the Mummy in Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy. It allows him to fit through bars and tiny gaps.
  • Spyro the Dragon
    • Happens to Spyro when certain enemies (and bosses) either crush him with their weapons, or run over or—in the case of Buzz from Year of the Dragon—roll over him.
    • In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, this happens to three of the WaterWizards in the intro to Mystic Marsh when they're trampled by snailephants. This is omitted in the Reignited Trilogy version, where instead it's just one WaterWizard getting chased away by them.
  • Used in the arcade game "Sunset Riders" when you drop barrels on enemies.
  • Super Mario Bros. series:
    • The Wario Land and Mario & Luigi series have this as a required game mechanic, and you need to deliberately get characters smashed flat to get through narrow gaps.
    • Goombas become flat when they are jumped on.
    • In Yoshi's Island, there are 3D walls that can fall down on Yoshi. When the walls rise back up, Yoshi peels off in a paper-like state (which was very impressive for SNES standards). Later on in the game, Baby Bowser crushes Kamek by stomping on him repeatedly, then kicks the flattened Kamek away.
    • In Mario Kart there have always been ways for racers to squash their opponents flat for a limited amount of time, making them go slower. In the earlier games, you could shrink them with lightning and then squash them, and in Mario Kart Wii, there was an item that allowed your own kart to grow, which would allow you to squash any opposing karts that you would run into.
    • Many times in the Mario Party series:
      • In the "Flatiator" minigame in Mario Party 5, any player trampled by the solo player's ball will have this trope occur.
      • A microphone minigame contains this where you have to say a number to activate a trap. Saying the secret code "zero" will activate Thwomps, which will squash any character that does not escape them.
      • Mario Party Advance has the "Chicken!" minigame. Failure to escape the falling Thwomp will result in this trope.
      • In the "Forest Jump" minigame, this can also happen if you get hit by a log while ducking.
      • Happens to characters who don't reach a safe spot in Mario Party 9's "Smash Compactor" minigame.
      • It's not only in just minigames. In Mario Party: Island Tour, the Perilous Palace Path board does this twice - once on the bridge challenge if you press the incorrect button, and second if you fail to destroy the Whomp at the end.
      • There is "Hide and Go Splat" and "Squish You Were Here" in Mario Party: Island Tour, failure to escape the Tox Boxes or closing walls will squash your character. In addition, the "Squish You Were Here" minigame squashes you vertically.
      • Mario Party 10 has "Bowser's Hammer Slammer" and "Bowser's High Dive", where if you run out of health, you will float off squashed flat.
      • While the "Manic Mallets" minigame in the original Mario Party 5 only squashes the losing team (or everyone if a draw occurs) in pancake shape, in the Mario Party: Top 100 reprise, it squashes the losing team(s) in the paper-thin form much like the instances above.
  • In Super Monkey Ball Adventure, your character's ball lets you temporarily flatten most NPCs if you collide into them while going fast enough.
  • Waffle Ryebread, the hero of Tail Concerto can be squashed paper-thin flat if he falls from a great height or gets crushed under something heavy, an instance of the former happening no matter what as a Scripted Event. Made all the more impressive by the fact that the huge mecha Waffle rides throughout the game gets crushed alongside him.
  • Happens when certain enemies run over you in Toe Jam And Earl.
  • In Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Megatron is temporarily killed this way after thinking he could take on Metroplex. Other than him, several Decepticon foot soldiers are squashed by Metroplex while desperately attempting to defend the remaining Decepticon bases.
  • The title character herself can get flattened in Umihara Kawase when she is between a ceiling and a moving platform.
  • A trailer for the MMO Wakfu has this happen to three of the party members, and they die from it. (until they're revived)
  • Appears as a One-Hit Kill in War of the Monsters if a particularly tall building falls atop of a monster.
  • Happens in the obscure party game Whacked! Even Lucy's censor bars flatten with her.
  • In Wii Fit Plus and Wii Fit U's Obstacle Course activity, your Mii will get flattened by the rolling logs if you do not jump over them. Upon being flattened, the Mii blinks a couple times before the game starts you back over at the beginning of the level.
  • The titular superhero team of The Wonderful 101 can get flattened if enemies land on or drive over them. To avoid this, they must use the "Unite Guts" ability, which will transform them into gelatin and stun the enemy instead.
  • Happens to the player in the game Zombies Ate My Neighbors.

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  • In the Team Fortress 2 fan video Heavy in Shellnut, Scout flattens out each time he says the word "fat".
  • Given how it takes place in an arcade, the Death Battle between Amy and Ramona could very well have ended this way. Ramona wound up spilling her tokens this way, leaving a catatonic Scott staring at the wrecked cabinet.
  • Played for Drama in the second episode of Hanazuki: Full of Treasures, where the main character accidentally flattens Blue Hemka and needs to find a way to reinflate him when he doesn't reinflate on his own.
  • Happy Tree Friends does a non-cartoonish example in the episode "Read 'em and Weep", Pop still thinking that his son is possessed by a demon, repeatedly slams a shovel on Cub's head (keep in mind that Cub is no longer possessed by the demon) until he is nothing but a bloody-crushed can, killing him.

  • Questionable Content: Played for Black Comedy when the AI Roko gets flattened under a falling robot. Her processors and memory cores weren't damaged, but she's still dismayed to have to buy a new body. And then there's the way the news is broken to her...
    Melon: It says in your file that you're a bread enthusiast. How do you feel about... pancakes? Or, um, crepes?

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    Western Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series: Cadpig suffers this whenever Rolly falls on her.
  • In The 7D, Grim and Hildy attempt to enter Jollywood Castle without disarming the security system, resulting in the door falling down and flattening them.
  • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo had Bogel and Weerd comically flattened like pancakes by the gestalt form of the 13 ghosts from the Chest of Demons after tricking Scooby and Shaggy into releasing them in the series' premiere episode "To All the Ghouls I've Loved Before".
  • The Angry Beavers: In the episode "A Dam Too Far", Daggett comes floating down on Norbert while flat in one scene.
  • In one credits scene on Ben 10 (2016), Ben tries to cannonball into a pool as Cannonbolt, but bounces off a pool inflatable and accidentally slams Max into a wall, flattening him.
  • Happens fairly regularly in Bonkers; The opening sequence even has a shot of Bonkers flying into a door and flattening himself.
  • Bunnicula: In "Bunn Vs.", Bunnicula is flattened by a rock monster's fist. He actually uses this to his advantage, wrapping his flattened form around the monster's fist and giving it a paper cut.
  • Occasionally happened to Courage the Cowardly Dog.
  • Sail Cat from Cow and Chicken, who got a whole song dedicated to his flattened destiny.
  • Darkwing Duck knew how to use it to his advantage, like slipping under a door just after being squashed flat.
    • In another episode, he lampshades this effect, pointing out that if he were in a cartoon, he would say "aiee" or "ow" then return to normal, but is actually in excruciating pain.
  • Dr. Dimensionpants: Elder Zoron suffers this in "Unicrone Penalty Box" when the eponymous box drops down right on top of him.
  • Happened to Princess Candy in an episode of Dave the Barbarian.
  • Happens all the time in Earthworm Jim when Jim, his enemies and others have heavy objects fall on them.
  • Happens occasionally on Ed, Edd n Eddy, as pictured above.
    • Special mention goes to when Eddy is trying to get rid of Ed's loose tooth by painting a jawbreaker on a fence knowing that Ed would think it's real and run face-first into it. He does so while Double D is in the way, flattening the latter into a circle and him commenting "I've been violated."
    • Another incident occurs with Eddy, though only localized to his face: after a rubber band-powered jawbreaker-detecting satellite suffers a premature launch and careens out of control, smacking into Eddy during its flight of carnage. A dazed Eddy gets up, lamenting that just for once he'd like something to go as planned. The satellite promptly comes in for another pass, smashing into his face and smearing it to about three times his regular height.
      Eddy: Hello! [falls over again]
  • The Emperor's New School used it twice in the first episode, when Kronk pulled the wrong lever, flattening Yzma, and when a boulder flattened one of the students running in the race.
  • The Fairly OddParents uses this trope some. One prime example is the episode "Freaks and Greeks" in which Timmy is trying to protect his mother's glass case from the gods of Mt. Olympus who use his living room as a place to party. "Don't ask." When the case is about to fall Timmy runs to it and tries to stop it from falling. It falls on him and when the case is removed Timmy is on the floor; very, very flat with a stunned expression.
  • Happens often in The Flintstones. Two noteworthy times: Fred and Barney are glued to a bowling ball. They use two mastodons to pull them from the ball, but the glue is too strong, both beasts snap backwards into each other, squashing Fred, Barney and the bowling ball (still stuck) flat. In the other occasion, the two are being pursued by a jewel thief and his henchman when they got flattened by a stone tire. Recalling the thief's callous reaction to shooting another of his henchmen, Fred says "All I can say is 'tsk, tsk.'"
  • In the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "Adoptcalypse Now", Mac is launching several imaginary friends through the window, each of which Bloo has to catch. One of the ones that is launched through is a gigantic, gorilla-like imaginary friend, who lands on top of Bloo when he tries to catch him. Afterwards, Bloo peels himself off the floor, groaning in pain.
  • Futurama sees this happen to Bender in the episode "Raging Bender".
  • Some episodes of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy feature this, but the best example being in the Big Boogey Adventure, when the ship that the villains are on gets flattened vertically, and then falls over on its side.
  • Krypto the Superdog:
    • Krypto gets flattened by an elephant in episode "Talk to the Animals".
    • Streaky is flattened against a window while trying to hold up a collapsing building in "The Streaky Story".
  • The Lion Guard: In "Eye of the Beholder", Janja's song "Outta The Way" features an Imagine Spot where a boulder rolls over four of the Lion Guard's members, flattening them.
  • The Looney Tunes should get a special mention because of all the variations they would put on this trope. Sometimes characters would turn into puddles of goop with mouths, sometimes they would spring back up after being squashed into an accordion shape, or they might bend in certain ways depending on what hit them. They really had to mix it up, though, because some character getting hit with an Anvil on Head was pretty much a requirement for every other short.
  • Mega Man: In "Robosaurus Park", Rush is stomped on by a robot dinosaur, reducing him to a metallic pancake.
  • Alfred in the Mike, Lu & Og episode "Fathers and Pies".
  • This happened more than once to Mr. Bogus, considering the comedic nature of the show.
  • Parodied in an episode of ¡Mucha Lucha! where Rikochet's rambunctious twin uncles appear to flatten him and his mother, then they come onscreen and the latter complains that they stomped over their cardboard cutouts with Rikochet adding that they can only get them in Tijuana.
  • Happens to Applejack in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Applebuck Season". She ends up face-planting several times while trying to jump off a tower and onto the other end of Rainbow Dash's catapult while severely exhausted, but she only flattens out the first time.
    • Happens twice in "Feeling Pinkie Keen" to Twilight Sparkle with a door. (Sort of. Once she peels herself off, she retains her shape with no inflation, as if her body only went into the door.)
    • In "Luna Eclipsed", Fluttershy pancakes herself on the door of her house when Twilight closes it all of a sudden.
    • In "Fame and Misfortune", Twilight is once again flattened by a door, this time courtesy of a stressed-out Applejack.
  • Buford is subjected to this in the Numb Chucks episode "Intelligence Not Included," after being run over by a steamroller.
  • In Oggy and the Cockroaches, this is usually the fate of the cockroaches.
  • This happens to Woodstock in the Peanuts special "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" while attempting to play basketball with Snoopy.
  • In "Pluto's Judgement Day", one of the witnesses at Pluto's trial is a cat the dog chased under a steamroller, flattening him like a pancake. Even his balloon is flat!
  • Buttercup becomes this in the The Powerpuff Girls episode "Down n' Dirty", and Bubbles and Buttercup are squished together in the episode "Mask Scara".
  • Although not shown, and for very good reason, a few scientists meet their end this way in The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. It's obvious from Race's expression, and how soon he closes the door, that this was not a pretty way to go out.
  • Done sometimes on The Ren & Stimpy Show: In fact, this occurs in the opening titles.
  • Robot Chicken: In the segment "Mighty Tubby Power Rangers", Dipsy, Lala, and Tinky Winky get stepped on by a giant monster. It's fatal.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Rocko is flattened on a regular basis.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
  • In the South Park episode "Fingerbang", Kenny dies by getting squashed by an elevator. His flat, bloody remains are then scraped off the bottom of it.
  • This has happened a few times in SpongeBob SquarePants. One of the most notable instances being in the episode "Hall Monitor", when Patrick unknowingly lands on SpongeBob, flattening him.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): Michelangelo in "The Weird World of Wyrm," after the titular Reality Warper hits him with a hammer.
  • Teen Titans Go! has this happen to Robin after getting body slammed by Mammoth in "Gorilla". Starfire and Raven also do it by themselves while Robin is shouting at them at the end of the episode. For some reason.
  • Tex Avery naturally loved the trope. "The Early Bird Dood It" gets bonus points for Flat Cat doing an Euler disk.
  • In one episode of Timon & Pumbaa, Timon is flattened after Pumbaa jumps on him.
    • Another episode has a large flying squirrel crash into Timon and smash into a tree, flattening him underneath her. There is even an indent in the tree where she landed. FYI, there was no part of Timon, save his arms, that wasn't between her and the tree. There is also a weird kissing sound effect for a few moments before she unpeels herself from the tree.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Fifi disguises herself as a star's manager to see him and annoys the actual manager. The woman, whose butt alone is bigger than Fifi is, responds by sitting on her.
  • Tom and Jerry did this a lot, also putting variations on it.
  • The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat: Felix suffers this in "Now Playing - Felix" when a hippo sits on him, his flattened form peeling off her backside.
  • Happens to Dick Dastardly frequently on his two shows Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. He accentuates it in an episode of the latter after a gasoline barrel rolls right over him (using a play on words as opposed to his "Drat! And double drat!" catch phrase):
    Dastardly: Flat! Flat! And triple flat!
  • Yogi Bear takes umbrage at a freeway built around his home tree (episode "Baffled Bear"). Finding himself in the middle of traffic, he plays possum. It seems to work as all the cars avoid hitting him. Not so effective when a steamroller approaches and flattens him like a tortilla.


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